Encinitas, Calif.-based Work Loss Data Institute (WLDI) released its 2012 State Report Cards for Workers’ Comp this week. The report, which is used to track trends and give states a grade and tier ranking based on their performance, now includes data from a 10-year period. Forty-three states are covered, plus Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

WLDI, an independent database development company focused on workplace health and productivity, notes the following states’ trending information. Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan and Missouri all showed impressive advancement, while Texas wins “Most Improved,” with a dramatic move from four years of failing grades from 2000-2003, to a steady incline that peaked in 2008 and 2009 with grades of B-. If the state continues on this trend, Texas, which underwent a major workers’ compensation overhaul in 2007, could end up a leader in workers’ comp performance, notes WLDI.

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